A day of fun nearly turned deadly for a Nova Scotia man, his son, and his son’s friend this past weekend. Luckily, quick action by the family dog very likely saved their lives.
Steve Bayers, his son Ben, and his son’s friend, Adam were building a snow fort Saturday afternoon when the roof suddenly caved in, trapping the group below an estimated 1,200 pounds of snow.
“We were all trapped,” Bayers told Global News. “I knew it was very serious when my arms were pinned underneath me and my leg, my heel was into my back and my foot was twisted up and I couldn’t get any of my limbs free.”
The two boys, who were just inches away, were also trapped beneath the heavy snow, screaming for help and unable to move. “There was nothing I could do to help them,” Bayers explained.
Luckily, the Bayers’ dog, Zoose, a 5-year old Golden/Lab, was outside playing in the snow and knew something was wrong. The heroic dog immediately began digging to free Steve from beneath the snow. Zoose kept digging until he reached Steve and pulled on the back of his jacket to free him.
Once Steve was freed, he began yelling for help. Neighbor Peter Mansfield heard his call and came running. Together Steve and Peter were able to free the boys. Steve suffered a broken fibula and sprained knee, Ben suffered a concussion, and Adam was physically unharmed.
All three agree that if not for Zoose’s quick action, the trio might not have survived the ordeal.
Good boy, Zoose!